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500th Anniversary of the Reformation | 2017 Tours Available

Plan your own 2017 tour for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation or join an already scheduled tour below!


 

This information is for a group who would like to plan a tour like this in 2017.

This is a private Christian tour with specific Bible teachers and leaders.  Follow the footsteps of Martin Luther as we study the reformer’s courage and faith as he laid a new foundation of the Christian church. On this tour you will visit Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Eisleben, Eisenach, Erfurt, Worms, The Rhine Valley River, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Augsburg and Munich.  Luther was an influential man, who by studying the Scriptures and sharing his findings, launched a great change in the church.  What Luther wanted more than anything — was peace with God. This 500 year anniversary tour will showcase his posting of the 95 Theses at Castle Church in 1517.

Trip Highlights for our 2017 Anniversary Departures:

  • Famous Wartburg Castle, where Luther was imprisoned
  • See the Merneptah Stele, at the Berlin museum. It is the earliest known writings that mention Israel as a nation
  • See the altar from the Church at Pergamum at the Pergamum Museum which Jesus mentioned in Rev 2:12-13
  • All Saint’s Church or Castle Church where Luther nailed his 95 Theses
  • Rhine Cruise and unique boutique accommodations
  • Coburg Fortress, one of the largest surviving medieval fortresses where Luther stayed
  • Augustinian Monastery where Luther delivered his first sermon
  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s church – St Thomas where Martin Luther introduced the Reformation in 1539
  • So not only the cities of the Reformation, but you get: Berlin, The Rhine Valley River, Rothenburg, Nuremberg and Munich! Wow!

Join us on an extraordinary Reformation tour that will explore Christian sites in Germany. As we visit the lands of Martin Luther and the reformers, we will not only immerse in the history, but receive explanation on the resulting effects that the Reformation had on Christian thought and worship. By walking where Luther lived, taught, wrote, and preached, you’ll enhance your understanding of his world, his struggles and his teachings.

This remarkable opportunity includes the full experience: hotel accommodations (4-star or better); many of your meals; all land transportation by air-conditioned motor coaches; English-speaking, historically authoritative guides; unique worship opportunities; experienced leadership and teachings; and even an opportunity to renew your wedding vows in Luther’s own church! The tour operates May 17, June 14 & August 8, 2017. Or customized by your desired dates.

Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Arrive in Berlin – Berlin Museum and our welcome dinner and fellowship
Day 2 Berlin – Wittenberg | Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Charlottenburg Castle, Martin Luther’s HomeKaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Charlottenburg Castle, Martin Luther’s Home
Day 3 Wittenberg – Leipzig |St. Mary’s Church, Melanchthon House, St. Thomas Church
Day 4 Leipzig – Eisleben – Erfurt | Luther’s Birthplace Museum, St. Andrews Church, Augustinian Monastery
Day 5 Erfurt – Excursion to Esienach | Wartburg Castle, Luther House, St George’s Church
Day 6 Erfrut – Coburg – Mainz | Coburg Castle
Day 7 Mainz – Excursion to Worms & The Rhine Valley | Trinity Church, Reformation Monument, Rhine River Cruise
Day 8 Mainz – Rothenburg – Nuremberg | Gutenberg Museum, St Jacobs’s Church
Day  9 Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich | St Lorenz Lutheran Church
Day 10 Munich | Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz, Linderhof Castle
Day 11 Munich – Depart for home

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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1
Day 1 | Arrive in Berlin

Early this morning we arrive in Berlin.  We transfer to the famous Museum Island of Berlin.  We will see the famous Ishtar Gates of Babylon, the Memeptah Stele, Egyptian pillar – the earliest known writings that mention Israel as a nation PLUS see the alter from the Church of Pergamum, which Jesus mentioned in Rev 2:12-13.  We will enjoy an early welcome dinner as we fellowship together.

Day 2
Day 2 | Berlin – Wittenberg

This full day is dedicated to the sightseeing of downtown Berlin. We pass Charlottenburg Palace and the 200-foot-high Victory Column. A unique church that will fascinate you is the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church bombed out in World War II and with parts of the ruins left as a memorial to peace. A new church has been built next to the ruins. We make a photo stop at the famous Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, then move on to Checkpoint Charlie and the last piece of the Berlin Wall still standing. Then later we will make our way to Wittenberg the birthplace of the Reformation.

Day 3
Day 3 | Wittenberg – Leipzig

Martin Luther lived and preached for 36 years in Wittenberg. Today’s tour is a walking tour to see the Luther House, where Martin Luther and his family lived. We will visit St Mary’s Church where Luther preached the Reformation. He was married in this church and baptized his six children here. We will then follow his footsteps down the cobble-stone streets to the Castle Church where he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the doors. A special visit has been included to the renaissance-style Melanchthon House, built in 1536 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It belonged to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s closest friend and most successful co-worker. In the afternoon, we drive a short way to Leipzig to visit the famous St. Thomas Church. This is where composer Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked as a cantor for 27 years. We will also see his grave in the church, and the pulpit from which Martin Luther preached on Whitsunday 1539, to introduce the Reformation to the people of Leipzig. Also visit the market square that today is a site for celebrations and festivals, but once was the scene of executions and political demonstrations.

Day 4
Day 4 | Leipzig – Eisleben – Erfurt

We drive the short distance to Eisleben, the little town where Martin Luther was born and died. We’ll see his birth house, the church where he was baptized (St. Peter & Paul), St. Andrews, and where he delivered his last four sermons. In the afternoon, we proceed to Erfurt to visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther joined the Augustinian Order in 1505. You can sit in the church where he delivered his first sermon after his ordination, and listen to a special organ concert of music by composer Johann S. Bach, played exclusively for our group.

Day 5
Day 5 | Erfurt – Excursion to Eisenach

Martin Luther lived and preached for 36 years in Wittenberg. Today we will follow his footsteps down the cobble-stone streets to the Castle Church From Erfurt journey to Eisenach we arrive at the famous Wartburg Castle to enjoy a guided tour. Here Martin Luther translated the Bible into the German language. We will also visit Luther House, St George’s Church and see the Luther and Back Memorials, Nikolai Church and Gate, through which Luther passed whenever he entered or left Eisenach.

Day 6
Day 6 | Erfrut – Coburg – Mainz

Today we go to the area of Coburg. This is where Luther stayed in 1530 for the Imperial Diet of Augsburg, visit fascinating Coburg Fortress, one of the largest surviving medieval fortresses in Germany.

Day 7
Day 7 | Mainz – Excursion to Worms & The Rhine Valley

Today is a busy sightseeing day. In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the cathedral where Luther presented his case, as well as Trinity Church and the famed Reformation Monument. Later, enjoy a scenic Rhine Cruise past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns. Evening at leisure.

Day 8
Day 8 | Mainz – Rothenburg – Nuremberg

This morning visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, where original copies of the Bible can be seen. Next is the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. During your walking tour, visit St. Jacob’s Church with the renowned Blood Altar. Afterwards, there is time to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which this picturesque town is world famous. Continue to Nuremberg, the first town to accept the Reformation in 1525.

Day 9
Day 9 | Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich

Your walking tour in Nuremberg features the famous St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Continue to Augsburg, where your guided sightseeing reveals the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. Arrive in Munich.

Day 10
Day 10 | Munich

Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” includes the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, Marienplatz with the Old and the New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion to Linderhof Castle and the Passion Play town of Oberammergau is available. We will enjoy our farewell dinner together and reflect on our Reformation journey.

Day 11
Day 11 | Munich – Depart for home

Depart for home.

 

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